The Internationalization of Public Management

The Internationalization of Public Management

Reinventing the Third World State

New Horizons in Public Policy series

Edited by Willy McCourt and Martin Minogue

The Internationalization of Public Management constitutes one of the first attempts to examine the conceptual and practical problems which attend such policy transfers, and to make preliminary judgements about the successes and failures of public management reform in developing countries. The distinguished group of contributors offers instructive insights into the complex reality of the development state.

Chapter 4: New public management and development: the case of public services reform in Tanzania and Uganda

Jeremy Clarke and David Wood

Subjects: development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, politics and public policy, public policy


CHAPTER 4 20/10/00 3:49 pm Page 1 4. New public management and development: the case of public service reform in Tanzania and Uganda Jeremy Clarke and David Wood1 INTRODUCTION The spread of new approaches to public management (NPM) throughout the Anglophone Western world has been paralleled by a growing interest in middle-income and developing countries. Much of this has been donor-driven but the public pressure for improved services is generating increasing support from politicians and senior officials. Reforms have probably gone furthest in Latin America, where the trend towards introduction of new performancebased methods and to greater managerial autonomy in public sector institutions is most clearly marked. In some countries these efforts have shown some promising results where the conditions are right, but there are doubts about the sustainability of the approach (Burki and Perry, 1998). Elsewhere in the world and particularly in Africa, the introduction of new approaches has proceeded more slowly. This chapter will consider the experience of applying the new approaches in the public service of Tanzania and Uganda. The purpose is not to add to an already overcrowded debate about the ideological basis of this approach or its appropriateness to East Africa. Instead, the focus is on examining the history of the reforms and the actual experience. The emphasis is pragmatic, with a focus on what has been tried and why it worked (or failed) in the context of these two countries. The discussion is divided into seven main sections. The first describes the broad...

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